A wrestling veteran that used to work for WWE was backstage at AEW Collision possibly starting out on a new career path in pro wrestling.
The name Chris Hero is a familiar one for wrestling fans of this era because the talented wrestling veteran started wrestling about 25 years ago and at 43 years old, he is still part of the business.
While Chris Hero made his name in the indies in the 2000s, he also became a regular in ROH and formed the Kings of Wrestling tag team with Claudio Castagnoli, who is the current ROH World Champion that also regularly competes on AEW TV.
Hero had two different stints with WWE from 2011 to 2013 and again from 2016 to 2019 using the name Kassius Ohno. In fact, during his initial run in the company, CM Punk came up with the idea for The Shield (in 2012) with Seth Rollins, Jon Moxley and Chris Hero as the third name. While WWE liked the idea, they replaced Hero with Roman Reigns and the rest is history, as they say.
It was reported by Fightful Select prior to AEW Collision that Chris Hero was being looked at for a spot in the company working in a backstage capacity. Hero was expected to work for AEW on a trial basis.
No official job title was mentioned, but oftentimes experienced wrestlers are brought in to coach/produce talent. Considering Hero’s experience in pro wrestling and vast knowledge, he would obviously be seen as a huge asset in a backstage role. Plus, AEW recently fired BJ Whitmer as a Coach/Producer as well.
While Hero has not wrestled since being released by WWE over three years, he is not retired and is waiting for the right opportunity according to comments he made to Fightful.
There is a lot of history with Chris Hero and members of the AEW roster, including the likes of CM Punk, Claudio Castagnoli Samoa Joe and other wrestlers in their late 30s/early 40s who likely wrestled with him in the past.